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Summary paper on alternative fertilisers

Zikeli, Sabine; Weiler, Carolin Susanne; Løes, Anne-Kristin; Conroy, Judith; Rayns, Francis; Touliatos, Dennis; Schmutz, Ulrich; Malinska, Krystyna; Drozdz, Danuta and Laursen, Casper (editor): Schmutz, Ulrich and Rayns, Francis (Eds.) (2022) Summary paper on alternative fertilisers. Organic PLUS: Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe Deliverable 5.6. .

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Fertilisation in organic agriculture is today highly dependent on the import of external nutrients and organic matter by fertilisers derived from conventional farming and conventional food industries. Within Deliverable (D) 5.1 of the project Organic-PLUS the current use of peat in growing media, plastic for mulching and fertiliser inputs in organic agriculture was already addressed, followed by a report discussing possible alternatives to these contentious inputs (D5.2). The current D5.6 develops the topic further and shows in more detail the results of research on the use of alternative non-contentious fertilisers conducted in Task 5.4, ‘Alternatives to contentious sources of fertility’, of Work package 5 SOIL in Organic-PLUS. The objectives of Task 5.4 were a) to characterise relevant alternatives for contentious inputs for physio-chemical and other characteristics (e.g. availability), and study how well they function compared with existing contentious inputs (manure from conventional farming, commercial fertilisers from conventional sources) and b) to develop system approaches to integrate the alternatives in existing organic cropping systems/ sequences. The characteristics of the individual fertilisers as well as short recommendations for their application in practice are presented in D5.7 (a technical report) along an overview of nutrient concentrations and other essential characteristics of the fertilisers tested.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:digestate, vegan, recycled fertiliser, horn grit, clover pellets, marine-derived fertiliser, tofu whey, comfrey, nettle, Organic-PLUS, Organic-PLUSX
Agrovoc keywords:
fertilisers -> fertilizers
manures (fertilizers) -> organic fertilizers
organic agriculture
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Organic-PLUS
Denmark > SEGES
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
UK > Univ. Coventry
Germany > University of Hohenheim
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:774340
Related Links:https://organic-plus.net/
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:40077
Deposited On:04 Nov 2022 12:41
Last Modified:04 Nov 2022 12:41
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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